@beebs I agree with you but I was raised with the view that if you have a degree or a qualification of some sort you'll always have something to fall back on while you do other things (like travel, or be a SAHM for a while, or whatever). Obviously it depends on what qualification you get as some are less useful tha others, but I've always found it easy to get work as a lawyer even after considerable breaks from the profession. My siblings had nursing to fall back on and my deceased brother was a journalist. I guess for me I'd worry how my kids were going to pay the bills etc if they had nothing to go back to. DD1 is showing a strong leaning to artistic fields not academic which is a head spin for DH and I but we'll support her no matter what.